'We have a duty:' Myrtle Beach officers prepare for Hurricane Florence

Greg Lawrence
September 13, 2018

One of them, Kermit, recently flew through Hurricane Florence - and it captured some rather incredible footage in the process.

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation?

"It is an extremely unsafe, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said Roy Cooper, governor of North Carolina, as he warned people not to gamble their lives on riding out the storm.

As of 11 a.m., the potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm was centered 485 miles (785 kilometers) southeast of Wilmington, moving at 15 mph (24 kph) with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) and enough moisture to dump feet of rain on the region.

Wake County schools are closed Thursday and Friday along with numerous other schools in North Carolina. "Take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions".

North Carolina residents rushed to stack up on food, water, toilet paper and other necessities as "monster" Hurricane Florence is set to touchdown in the state early this weekend.

Stay weather our around the clock coverage of Hurricane Florence on Spectrum News for the latest information.

Florence is expected to make landfall late Thursday night or early Friday morning, Mountain Time, somewhere between Atlantic Beach, NC and Savannah, GA.

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Its new path indicates that after arriving in the area near Wilmington, North Carolina, the storm will dip to the south before resuming a western course, the FWS explained in the statement.

Meanwhile, those choosing to ride out the storm in evacuation zones are being told first responders will not be available to help them once Florence makes landfall. Crabtree Creek frequently floods after heavy rains and is expected to overflow its banks during the the hurricane, he said, but the city can't do anything beyond monitoring the situation and notifying residents as conditions change.

Hurricane Florence seen from the International Space Station.

The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency after forecasts showed Hurricane Florence possibly taking a south-west turn.

Another four million people are under a tropical storm watch. "Failure to take action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life".

"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added. "Be ready to move to the safest place inside your shelter if necessary".

"This is not going to be a glancing blow", warned Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "The biggest hazard that we're anxious about is storm surge", Long said. "It's the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in - it causes the most amount of destruction".

Michelle Stober loaded up valuables at her home on Wrightsville Beach to drive back to her primary residence in Cary, North Carolina. In Miami-Dade County, Florida, officials left almost 4,500 prisoners inside facilities during Hurricane Irma in 2017, even though multiple prison facilities in that county were demolished by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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